November, 2015

Style: Essential Elements

  Certainly a place for holiday shopping, Essential Elements wears its style all year long. Beyond the flavor of creativity and design, Essential Elements is infused with the spirit and energy of its owner,  Mel Whaley,  her mother, Estelle, (“the face of Essential Elements,) and the rest of…

This Issue: Family!

Light your candles; bake your turkeys, dance in the streets to celebrate your holiday season, whatever it is. No matter what we do to unfold and revel in the holidays, family is at the core of it. Garden Spices Contributors make it clear that family means much more…

Silent Night/Holy Night

We always started our celebration of Christmas at midnight. My gift to family members and guests was their own personal ornament, which they each hung on our live tree with their own blessing. Afterwards, we would convene in the living room, where we watched the children open their bounty….

New Directions: Families, What a Red Hot Mess!

What a potential “hotbed” of emotions the word ‘Families’ can stir up especially around significant holidays.  Holidays that we have been led to believe should always have an expression akin to a Norman Rockwell painting or The Walton’s, an old television program fraught with Hallmark moments. For those…

Cornerstone of Survival

  Let us begin this article singing ‘We Are Family” by Sister Sledge: Now, that we have set the stage, let us dive into the subject of family. Webster defines family as descendants of a particular bloodline or a group consisting of a parent or parents living under…

Tavare Hill: Inspired

When speaking with Tavare Hill, I quickly learned that his family is his inspiration.  His work illuminates his influences and the reflections of his life. Hill recently lost his mother, Gail Byrd, and he gives testimony that she was his “wick” of inspiration. Hill has a daughter and…

Hello World!

November, 2015 Hello World! Our family has been expanding. To our one kid, two dogs, and fifteen fish, we have added two boys, two bikes, and a scooter.  Our nephews, Mark and Christopher Gallegos, have moved into our home in Montevallo while their mother recovers from some health…

Row: Love & Respect Under One Roof

‘Family’ seems to have different meanings to people around the world. Sometimes its definition can vary within a small group of people sharing the same household, bearing the accepted identifications as, mother, father, son, daughter, sister and brother. Not only do most of us tend to focus more…

Sweet Corn Soup

During the winter months, we all want healthy hot soup before dinner. Here’s an easy Chinese – Indian style for you… “One whiff of a savory aromatic soup and appetites come to attention.  The steaming fragrance of a tempting soup is a prelude to the goodness to come. …

A Plight of Two Souls

To rip… to shred… to shatter I watch from below into the depth Aware of the crime I am about to commit To break my oath for the 10th time To do no harm… to stand for life First I wipe the scene clean The brown paint meant…